The situation to the patrolling of the United States southern border has become a major political topic, more so after Barack Obama provided amnesty to certain illegal immigrants. The Inquisitr reported on the latest on border patrol news, which happens to be in the disfavor of border patrol themselves. Apparently, border patrol was under investigation for the shooting of a pregnant 14-year-old American. That may be a situation of happenstance, but them also being sued by an illegal immigrant for dog bites during a drug raid does come off as ridiculous.
Now it seems the woes of border patrol continue to pile up as border agents are said to “face retribution.” The reason why is ironic because it is their job to report large illegal alien groups trying to get into the United States.
According to an article by FOX News Insider, it reports border patrol agents gave testimony on Capitol Hill last week for the “face retribution” threat. Chris Cabrera, a border agent, states the threat was issued because honest reports would be contrary to what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says on border protection. According to Business Insider, DHS constantly tells Congress the border is secure, and the DHS is successful in apprehending illegal immigrants trying to cross the border 75 percent of the time. However, those numbers are part of an ongoing effort to “manipulate the statistics.” The real percentage of apprehending illegal immigrants, as stated by Chris Cabrera, is less than 50 percent.
“Ask any line agent in the field and he or she will tell you that at best we apprehend 35 to 40 percent of the illegal immigrants attempting to cross. This number is even lower for drug smugglers who are much more adept at eluding capture.”‘
Chris Cabrera isn’t just spurting statistics and conspiracies out of thin air. Being a border patrol agent who is out in the field, he provided numerous real-life experiences as proof. First, a lot of the percentages of apprehension are fuddled due to the fact supervisors need to verify whatever border patrol has discovered or seen. Cabrera uses sets of footprints for his example.
“Today if I see 20 or more footprints in the sand a supervisor must come to my location and ‘verify’ the number of footprints. I guess that after 13 years in the field I must have lost the ability to count.”
Second, border agents are now given incentives in the reporting of groups of illegal immigrants that consists of more than twenty people.
“Management will either take them out of the field and assign them to processing detainees at the station or assign them to a fixed position in low volume areas as punishment.”
John Gihon, a former senior attorney with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has said such fudging of statistics to make it appear that the border is safe is a national security issue that needs to stop immediately. As a result, Gihon has made it clear border patrol needs more funding, more agents, and more (and better) technology. What’s most important is that border patrol needs it now.
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